Sheffield has a thriving, young urban art and music scene, but, until recently, ‘There were a lot of branded chain bars. But nowhere for cool people to go,’ says Sola owner Tim Hubbard. Hubbard, a former engineer and Sheffield Hallam University first-year design student, designed the bar interior and lighting with third-year product design student […]

Attic 2 party attracts celebrities to Cardiff

We have immense pleasure in giving coverage to ‘ultra hip Welsh furniture producers’ Attic 2, which is launching its ‘sleek’ new catalogue DP3 – Design Programme 3, no less – at a ‘celebrity party’ in Cardiff Bay. We’re sure that the event will not have Anne Robinson at the top of its guest list (‘fingers […]

Axis Design fits out showroom

Axis Design Europe has redesigned the London showroom of furniture manufacturer Staverton, which reopens on 15 June. Staverton has also revealed long-term plans to build its presence in Europe (it already has a showroom in Milan) and move into the US.

Ottos Dining Lounge

The people behind Ottos Dining Lounge are Scandinavian, and it shows – in a positive way. It’s a very architectural space, the interior is carefully designed and controlled and a cool sophistication pervades throughout. The club is located in the residential Maida Vale district of London, but ‘it is of a type more usually found […]

All bar some

Katy Greaves decides to call time on the 1990s ‘gastropubs’ and raises a glass to new bar designs that reflect the exclusive, sophisticated trend of the Noughties


Richard Neat seemed to be bucking the trend when he went big for his new bar/ brasserie venture in London’s Oxo Tower Wharf, which opened in May. Kiran Curtis Architects designed the space along with Neat’s wife, Sophie. Clearly big is not considered beautiful these days, as one of the architect’s first tasks was to […]

Appetite and Wagstaffs create GLA newsletter

Appetite and Wagstaffs have created a newsletter, and performance and plans summary document for the Greater London Authority, which will be mailed to 2.7m households from this week. The 16-page document, How Does London Work For You?, summarises the GLA’s annual report, which is available from the GLA next week. It has been designed by […]


Luxon Carrà has created the identity for a fundraising campaign by charity CAMVET, for the University of Cambridge Veterinary School.

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Hugh Pearman tries to read between the lines of (recently published) design group monographs

Blair win yields identity projects

The post-Election overhaul of Government departments, including four new departments, should result in substantial identity projects for design consultancies. The Team appears to be the first beneficiary of the overhaul as it has been selected to create the Department for Education and Skills’ brand identity. There are four new departments: Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; […]

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